Schumer says Senate has votes for media shield law

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WASHINGTON — A supporter of a bill to protect reporters and the news media from having to reveal confidential sources said Friday that the measure has the backing of the Obama administration and the support of enough senators to move ahead this year.

Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the number three Democrat in the Senate, spoke optimistically about prospects for the measure, identifying five Republicans who would join with Democrats and independents on a bill that he said would address a constitutional oversight.

While the first amendment protects freedom of the press, ‘‘there is no First Amendment right for gathering information,’’ Schumer said at The New York Times’s Sources and Secrets Conference on the press, government, and national security.

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